First Line Friday – 5.17.19


Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

Today I’m featuring, the book I’m currently reading, The Social Tutor by Sally Britton. I recently found this book through another book blog, though I’m sorry to say I can’t remember which. This is my first book by Sally Britton and I am currently on chapter ten. So far, it’s pretty entertaining. 🙂 Have you read The Social Tutor or anything else by this author? 

The Social Tutor

Here’s the first line:

November 1st, 1811

“Waiting on a letter on knows to be full of exciting news is an exrutiating experience,” Christine Devon said, slumping in her chair in a most unladylike manner.


Her social graces are lacking, his finances are in ruin, but together they can solve both their problems. As long as they don’t fall in love.

After years of escaping etiquette lessons in favor of the stables, Christine Devon’s grand debut in London is only weeks away, though her deportment lacks the sophisticated polish she needs to achieve her goals of a lofty marriage. Desperate to take her place in society, she needs someone to instruct her in proper behavior.

Thomas Gilbert, newly returned from Italy, is ready to begin his dream of founding a horse farm. But during his time away, the estate’s finances have dwindled to almost nothing. Unless he can find a way to save his family from ruin, he will be forced to sell his horses and give up his dreams entirely.

A chance meeting between them may solve both their problems. Christine gains a tutor in the finer arts of polite behavior, while Thomas is given access to the finest bloodlines in England. But as time passes, the arrangement is less about business, and more about love. Will they see it in time, or will Christine leave Thomas behind for the splendor of London’s ballrooms?

The Social Tutor is the first novel in a sweet Regency romance series. Each novel is a stand-alone romance but, read in order, are immensely satisfying. The novels in the series are:

Prequel Novella: Martha’s Patience

The Social Tutor

The Gentleman Physician

His Bluestocking Bride

The Earl and His Lady

Miss Devon’s Choice

…and Book Six coming in March 2019


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14 thoughts on “First Line Friday – 5.17.19

  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from “When He Returns” by author Kimberly Rae Jordan, which I haven’t started, but hope to start reading soon:

    “Dalton Callaghan stared at the gleaming wood casket at the front of the chapel, the profile of his friend just barely visible over the edge as he lay there.”

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  2. I’m so very glad today is Friday! It has been a long week! Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Michelle Griep’s new book, The Noble Guardian. Here I’ll share the first line of a book that is on my #TBR mountain.

    “Tommy, wait!” Carly Blair screeched as she bounded off the depot platform after her brother.
    Mail Order Refuge by Cindy Regnier

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  3. I love that cover! So pretty!!!

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first couple of lines from The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay. It’s a fabulous story that I highly recommend. Currently, I am just starting Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by the fantastic Bethany Turner so I will share a line from that book.

    “What a difference four years can make.”

    I hope your weekend is a great one. Happy reading! 🤗💙📚

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  4. Happy Friday!
    On my blog today I shared the first line from Living Lies by Natalie Walters. Here I’ll hare the first line from The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith which I just received in the mail yesterday 🙂 “The teacher looked at his scroll, light dancing in little ringlets over the words from the flickering candle at his side.” Hope you have a great weekend! Happy Reading!

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    1. I’m 76% of the way through and enjoying it a lot, actually. There have been maybe 4 or 5 places where an extra word was accidentally included or a word was missing, but otherwise it is very well done. Short of something shocking (in a bad way) happening in the remaining 24%, I will most certainly be reading more by this author.


  5. Happy reading Friday!
    My first line is from The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton:

    July 1747
    Cape Fear River, Colony of North Carolina

    Alex MacKinnon roused to the press of wood beneath his cheek and an ominous churning in his gut.

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  6. This does sound good! Adding it to my TBR. 🙂 I’m sharing from The Cowboy Meets His Match by Margaret Brownley on my blog today. Here is the first line from Chapter 12 of my current read, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan:

    “The second day in Oxford arrived, luminescent, the honey-hues of sunlight falling from the leaves to settle on the grass like spilled paint.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!


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